By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) issued the following statement calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s immediate resignation:
“It’s time for new leadership at the Veterans Administration. The Inspector General’s Report shows that the problems are not isolated in Phoenix, but are systemic affecting veterans nationwide. Our veterans bled to keep us safe and the VA’s total failure to keep our promises to them is a crime. If the report’s allegations of falsified records leading to the deaths of veterans are verified, then those responsible must answer for their crimes. It’s clear that a criminal investigation will be needed to hold VA officials accountable for their lawlessness.
“Accountability must start at the top. Secretary Shinseki’s failure to prevent this culture of callousness from taking root at the VA and his unwillingness to take decisive action to remedy this disaster has left me with no confidence in his ability to lead the VA moving forward. Only new leadership can clean house in the VA and ensure that our veterans receive the services that they earned. Secretary Shinseki served our nation honorably in uniform for many years. It’s time for him to do the right thing and resign.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.